The first VW Jetta GLI was a sedan's body wrapped around the popular GTI's running gear. Back in 1984, the GLI was powered by a fuel-injected 1.8-liter motor, close-ratio five-speed transmission, vented front brakes and a sport suspension with front and rear anti-roll bars. In the looks department, there was GLI badging and external upgrades like a rear spoiler and side moldings, while inside you'd find a sportier steering wheel and shift knob, additional gauges, sport seats and distinctive upholstery and trim.
Planned for showrooms in early 2014, the new Jetta GLI Edition 30 still shares the same recipe as the first GLI, and that is something we truly value in Volkswagen's past and future models; they are always connected. The new GLI features a power 2.0-liter TSI engine, a close-ratio six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmission, sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, more aggressive body work and an interior just as sporty as you'd expect if you remember the Mk4 Jetta GLI with its stunning cabin.
The GLI Edition 30 will only be offered in two trim levels; with and without navigation. Differing from the current 2013 Jetta GLI, Edition 30 has 18-inch "Laguna" aluminum-alloy wheels, red trim on the front grille, a trunklid-mounted spoiler and Edition 30 badging. If you swing for the navigation option, the Bi-Xenon headlight housings also have red trim inside. The only available colors will be Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red and Reflex Silver Metallic.
Inside, the sort seats have red contrast stitching, as do the steering wheel, shifter, brake lever, foormats and armrests. Carbon-look trim inlay, Edition 30 kickplates finish it off.
Standard features have always set the Jetta GLI apart from other cars in its category. On Edition 30, front foglights, LED taillights, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, brake handle and shift knob are all standard. The Premium VIII touchscreen radio comes with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and has Bluetooth connectivity. Again, the Navigation trim level adds keyless access with push-button start, the RNS 315 touchscreen nav, a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights and Bi-Xenon headlights.
So, we know you're wondering... how much? Volkswagen assures us we'll have pricing closer to the market launch date, so stay tuned!